Mallard garden bird

Mallard

Size: 55-62 CM, 22-25 Inch

The Mallard is a really well-known and there are plenty of them that are discovered throughout Europe. They can be discovered at all watery places, from isolated streams to resident boating lakes. Mallards are frequently subdued, plus they will not display any fear at all when approaching people.

With a bulky generously proportioned head and elongated-beak, the mallard tends to interbreed with farmyard ducks; therefore, they create all types of strange looking brood. Pure mallards, nevertheless, can be recognised without any difficulty, especially the male, plus the brown female too shouldn't actually raise any difficulties: size single handily governs other armatures. It is the female who is to blame for the recognisable 'quack, quack' calls, while the male does a low nasal screech.

The female Gadwall is highly likely to be mistaken with the female Mallard. Gadwalls are smaller, thinner and slender in their appearance compared to the portly Mallard and display a unique white coloured area on the wings, which is slimmer regardless of the view. The Gadwall's beak is a key recognition characteristic; it's dark grey on top with yellowy-orange sides.

The female Mallard is a decidedly nondescript affair but can be quite variable. The head is usually brown, with a darker crown and a dark line through the eye. The upper parts and under parts show a variegated brown and black pattern. The bill is dark brown, with orange edges.

  • When viewed flying, the male Mallard displays a rounded green head on the end of the elongated tarnished neck. They under parts are grey, apart from for the leftover black lodge and white tail. The upper wing is grey, apart from a purple coloured area along the back wing. Two white wing bars are noticeable. From high above, a female appears to be brown and black apart from its dark tail, white wing bars and dark coloured wing.
  • A recognisable sight of the Mallard is to observe them turning over when they are looking for food - the male is identifiable because of his orange legs and, especially, his black and white back end. The female displays a white edge to the tail and black dots on her under tail.
  • During the summer periods, a Mallard is capable of altering his looks quite noticeably. A male with concealed feathers displays a light brown head, with black crown and eye stripe. The under parts alter to blackish grey, apart from the pasty flight feathers, and its dishevelled brown breast becomes black. The beak gets dull greyish-yellow. Between Junes to September, a female will barely change; her crown becomes darker and her upper parts are much more consistent in tone.